Sweden is looking forward to partner with Indian companies in areas such as power, urban transport, and waste management to build smart cities in real sense, said Anna Liberg, Trade Commissioner to India, Business Sweden India and South Asia.
“Sweden is a global leader in building smart cities. We have been doing that for the longest time. Instead of adopting a city, we will focus on the required building blocks for smart cities. For example, smart grids for power, telecom, public transport, clean air, water and waste management will be our focus areas and then we will showcase them across India,” Liberg said.
The country currently has a pending memorandum of understanding (MoU) on urban development framework with India. “The MoU is expected to be signed during President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Stockholm on June 1, 2 whereas the trip will mostly focus on discussions on smart cities.”
Many Swedish companies will be participating in the Smart City Expo on May 20-22 in New Delhi.
“We are meeting with 20 Swedish companies that offer smart solutions and are asking them to come up with pilot projects and look for business opportunities with Indian partners,” Liberg said.